February 25, 2014

7 in 7: I Don't Smoke

[This is day two of 7 Posts in 7 Days.]

Kids aren't the only ones who say things so funny that you quote them years later. The same late grandmother involved in yesterday's 7 in 7 post said something highly quotable just a few years later. Again, let me take you back to the 70s.

Instead of making her annual trek to south Florida at Christmastime, she eventually moved there full time. She didn't have a car, so my parents used to drive her around quite a bit. When I was about seven years old, we had a family station wagon, not unlike the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, and my grandmother used to smoke in the car. (Yuck!)

Fortunately, she would always open the car window while smoking so we'd have a little fresh air. One day, my parents, grandmother, brother and I were in the station wagon at a red light, and my grandmother had a cigarette in her mouth. I recall that were passing through what was not exactly the nicest part of town.

Suddenly, someone on the sidewalk walked up to my grandmother's window and asked if he could have a cigarette. She took the cigarette out of her mouth, looked at him and said, "Sorry, I don't smoke!"

The light turned green, and off we went.

(See a list of other 7 Posts in 7 Days participants here.)

 

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